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Exercise & Ageing Well

Did you know that Australian guidelines recommend that adults over the age of 65 aim for at least 30 minutes of moderately intense physical activity on most days? Staying active as you get older is very important for good physical and mental health. Exercise reduces the risk of many diseases, including cancer, and helps maintain a healthy weight range.

Some of the benefits of regular excersie include:

  • reduce the risk of health issues including high blood pressure, cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and bone and joint problems

  • maintain a health weight

  • reduce the risk of falls

  • an increase in energy levels

  • improvement in sleep quality

  • reduction in stress and anxiety

  • improvement in concentration

  • improvement in mental health

So how much exercise should you do?

Guidelines recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate instensity on most days but if you feel that this might be too difficult, you can start with just 10 minutes once or twice a day. After some time you can start to increase this time and build up to 30 minutes.

What kind of exercise should you do?

Some great options include:

  • walking

  • swimming

  • cycling

  • water aerobics/aerobics

  • strength or resistance training

  • climbing stairs

  • yard work

  • mopping

  • tai chi

  • bowls

  • yoga

  • heel raises

  • squats

You can ask a care worker from Careseekers to help you incorporate exercise into your day.

To find aged care services, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/services/aged-care-workers

To become a care or support worker, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/carer

To find disability support services, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/services/disability-support-workers

To make a referral, please visit https://www.careseekers.com.au/referrals